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  1. Directus - Convert After Market Radio to CarPC Box - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-02-2010 at 01:26 AM

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    Sean Clark from mp3Car gets a preview of the Directus telematics box. This box will overtake your after-market OR OEM radio's nav port and give it a new UI that will extend your basic Nav's functionality.

    By using this box you actually get to read your SD card, browse the file system, play all kinds of files, see your backup camera, use radar, USB and tons of other accessories that your normal radio would not know how to work with.

    We will have a series of videos tomorrow about Directus and their the products as we are shooting video at SEMA 2010 today.

    Updated 11-18-2010 at 01:51 PM by optikalefx

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  2. AFKFest 2010 BugByte - The past, present and future of car computing

    by , 10-29-2010 at 03:03 PM

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    Tom Berry, AKA BugByte on the forums, talks to AFKFest about the past, present and future of car computing. As one of the first car pc enthusiasts in the world, Tom explains the early uses for car pcs and how car pcs have evolved over time.

    He presents his thoughts on the current mobile data phase and the impact the car pc may have on the world in the future. Lots of good stuff in one brief segment.

    Updated 10-29-2010 at 03:54 PM by optikalefx

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  3. The future of UI

    by , 10-27-2010 at 12:05 PM
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    I can begin to imagine a world where we manipulate computers instead of interact with them. This idea of being able to navigate the computer world, and have the computer understand space is not new, but its not accomplished.



    If it really is possible to get this type of system in a laptop say, without gloves, (even with gloves is fine with me) then we could see the next serious change in computer-human interfaces.

    Imagine what it would be like to create a 3d model of say a car, and be able to sculpt the model as if it was real. Even have some kind of actual feedback so you still get the feeling. But then you ask, why is going so digital so important. Well, sure a clay model is great, but having the history, having the undo ability, having multiple collaborators around the world, all these are possible in a digital world.

    Updated 10-27-2010 at 03:29 PM by optikalefx

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  4. MeeGo Auto App Concept Contest using Qt - Win a Free Beagle Board xM

    by , 10-20-2010 at 11:58 AM


    Enter Contest Here

    Product Info on the BeagleBoard-xM here.

    Time frame: 2 weeks (October 20th November 3rd)



    Present an exciting auto app concept that utilizes the Beagle Board xM, MeeGo, & or Qt framework for bonus points.* The panel of judges from Nokia, Beagle Board creators and mp3Car will select the most innovative auto app concept as the winner.



    Rules:

    - a concept will be complete if it states what the app does, how it will do it, and how it leverages MeeGo and Qt.
    - Once the winner is selected, it is expected that the app be developed within 1-2 months.
    - please note that this can be an existing app with significant improvements and changes;
    
- the app does not need to be touch based, if you can integrate it with other car controls such as steering wheel or control knobs like what BMW uses;

    - bonus points to using QML, Nokia's new declarative UI language which is wrapped up into Qt Quick and is now in the recently released 4.7 release (Information found here on QT Quick, http://qt.nokia.com/qt-in-use/qt-in-automotive and a video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlbh6...layer_embedded


    Judges:
    
Alistair Adams - Nokia
    
Jason Kridner - Beagle Board

    Tom Berry (aka Bugbyte) - mp3Car Forums

    

The winner will:
    1.Receive a free Beagle Board
    2.Be featured on the mp3Car homepage showcasing the concept and Auto App Mart, once the app is developed and uploaded to Auto App Mart.

    For more information on the Beagle Board:

    Updated 10-25-2010 at 10:50 AM by Heather

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  5. MeeGo on a car pc - mp3Car forum member nasa at AFK Fest 2010

    by , 10-15-2010 at 12:34 PM

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    MeeGo for the car pc was just released a few weeks ago. The platform has an excellent boot time. Nasa is looking forward to the development of this open sources platform.